The second weekend of the 2017 GNBA wrapped up on Sunday in Chicago with a host of players showcasing their abilities with big performances at multiple age groups.  Elijah Bull stood out once again for All In at the 8th grade level while Kon Knueppel was delivering at the 5th grade level once again.  Here’s a look at those and others who stood out this past weekend in Illinois…

TOP PERFORMERS
Elijah Bull — 2021 — G — All In Athletics

Had 20 points in a win over Butler Elite on Sunday, Bull is quickly establishing himself as one of the better guards in the GNBA this spring. A 5’0 guard, Bull doesn’t let his diminutive size and frame hold him back. He is exceptionally quick off the bounce and has the ability to create for himself and others at a high level.

Isaac Haney — 2021 — G — Yanders Law
A scoring point guard, Haney put together another big weekend for Yanders Law going for 22 points on Sunday in a runaway win over the Iowa Barnstormers. He is a creative ball handler with the ability to light up the scoreboard from 3-point range.

Tameron Ferguson — 2024 — G — Team GetShook
One of the most dynamic players in the fifth-grade division of the GNBA, Ferguson put together a big weekend for Team GetShook. He is a tough-as-nails defensive competitor who is seemingly always coming up with big plays at that end of the court. Offensively he is fast with the ball and able to go end-to-end for easy buckets.

Kenrick “Nick” Harrell — 2022 — F — Mac Irvin Fire
Harrell impressed throughout the weekend showing a diverse, all-around skill set as well as a projectable frame that translates well as he gets older. He is long and rangy with a long wing span and the skills to take the ball end-to-end in transition or battle inside for easy buckets. He uses his length well, challenging shots in the paint and disrupting things on the perimeter.

Kon Knueppel — 2024 — F — Wisconsin Blizzard
Knueppel is an inside-outside performer who can get rebounds, score in the paint and is also capable of being the Blizzard’s primary ball handler. He had a big game on Friday, scoring 20 points in a loss to Team GetShook, then added another 13 points on Sunday in a big win over Speed Blue.

Amareon Parker — 2021 — PG — Illinois Irish 
Had a big weekend for the Illinois Irish, including a 29-point performance in a hard-fought 59-54 win over the Wisconsin Swing on Saturday. Parker is a strong point guard with good size and uses it to finish through contact around the basket. 

Tanner Resch — 2021 — SG — Ray Allen Select
One of the better outside shooting threats is the eighth-grade GNBA, Reach had several big games throughout the weekend for Ray Allen Select. He poured in 15 in a hard-fought overtime win over Kissel Heat on Sunday after scoring 23 in a win on Saturday. He has a quick release and the ability to make touch, contested shots.

Anthony Sayles — 2021 — G — All In Athletics Bull
A terrific ball handler and playmaker, Styles had one of the better performances of the weekend when he went for 36 points on Saturday against Yanders Law Blue. 

Charles Steward — 2024 — G - Playground Elite
Smaller point guard who put together a big weekend, showcasing the ability to handle the ball, get to the basket and make tough finishes inside look easy. He 22 points for Playground Elite in a Saturday contest, then added 18 in a big win over Butler Elite on Sunday.

Foster Wonders — 2021 — F — Playground Warriors
Wonders showcased an all-around game this weekend for the Playground Warriors. He is a versatile player that has terrific size at 6’4 and a solid, strong frame. He can handle the ball, put it on the floor and get all the way to the bucket and is a strong rebounder.

STOCK BOOSTERS
Andrew Alia — 2022 — SF — Ray Allen Select

Wing player who has good size is a solid athlete with good skills, Alia is able to create off the bounce and get to the bucket or make slick passes to open teammates. 

Steven Clay — 2022 — SF — Wisconsin Scholars
A true inside-outside player, Clay is able to dominate on the boards, as well as step out and knock down 3-pointers. He has the game of a skilled wing player, but the size and physique for an interior player. It will be interesting to see how he develops in the future.

Kam Craft — 2022 — SF — Mac Irvin Fire
Was one of the more impressive players we saw over the weekend in the seventh-grade division with a lot of long-term upside. Craft has a smooth 3-point stroke that is repeatable. But he is more than just a shooter, Craft impressed with his ability to get to the bucket at will and finish tough chances in traffic. 

Robert Durkin — 2022 — G — Illinois Speed Blue
A 5’9 guard from Darien, Ill., Durkin is a standout shooter for Illinois Speed Blue who also showcased the ability to finish easy chances in transition.

Casey Fischer — 2021 — Wisconsin Swing
A 5’9 guard, Fischer put together a strong weekend for the Wisconsin Swing and scored a game-high 21 points on Sunday in a. Big win over Playground Elite

Joey Kenna — 2022 — PF — Made Men
Kenna is a rangy 6’2 big man from Elmhurst, Ill. that shows some promise. Took the ball coast-to-coast for a three-point play on Friday, showcasing the ability to handle the ball a little in the open court.

Dylan McGivney — 2022 — C — Illinois Speed Blue
McGivney is a 6’1 wide body post player from Aurora, Ill. that plays big inside, uses his frame well and carves out space under the basket.

Elizah Mimis — 2024 — PF/C — Playground Elite
A big physical post player, Mimis was a force in the paint throughout the weekend for Playground Elite, putting one of the highest point totals in the fifth-grade division when he went for 26 in a win over Ray Allen Select on Sunday.

Kellen Thames — 2022 — G — St. Louis Clippers
The son of former Mizzou standout Kelly Thames, Kellen Thames is a talented, well-rounded guard who had a big weekend for the St. Louis Clippers. He scored 11 in a win over Yanders Law on Sunday and 24 in a win over the Wisconsin Blizzard on Saturday.